One of the areas I have yet to get properly stuck into is making recordings from my Stereo Rig - up until now I had been planning on some sort of 3 Mic setup with one per Cab, and an ambient Room Mic. This approach would have involved all manner of additional hardware boxes and cabling, signal-fine-tuning, re-balancing and mix down, and while there are a couple or so decent Stereo Amp/Cab Simulators already on the market - nothing has held any appeal for me until now.
Strymon in their usual way have found the perfect means to distil the essentials into one of their standard square medium enclosure pedals. Pete Celi and the team have once again managed to elegantly reduce the complexity down to just a few intuitive settings.
You essentially get The 3 Classic Iconic AMP Simulations:
Where each gets 3 Preloaded CAB IR Simulations - or 9 in total:
You can add and replace the IR’s via the USB port on the rear of the pedal - where you use the Strymon Impulse Manager software to configure / refine your own preferences.
Key Pedal Controls are as follows, note that I’ve annotated in Secondary and MIDI functions in the above visual:
This truly is a fantastic proposition and for Stereo Rig owners in particular. There are ByPass features so you can use the AMP or CAB simulations independently - for me this really is the perfect package. The holy grail amp has always been one which combines the Tones and Timbres of Fender, Vox and Marshall. And the AMP modes and corresponding CAB IR's are just perfectly curated - I could not wish for more - and if I did - I still have the Strymon Impulse Manager software to hone my own preferred IR's should I feel the need.
The Control Topology is highly intuitive and simple - possibly with the exception of the MIDI Power-On Settings. Otherwise and in normal use - only 2 controls have secondary functions - the LEVEL and ROOM knobs as detailed above.
Strymon could have gone about this in so many different ways, but I'm delighted that they decided on this particular execution - it has everything you really need in a really practical and usable form factor - I expect these to sell by the bucket-load even though they are at a slightly pricey £399. I will certainly be acquiring one of these - probably early next year though, as I have existing priorities already for year-end!